November 6th, 2008
07:04 PM ET
5 years ago

McCain sources gripe about Palin

Some McCain advisers were frustrated by Palin.
Some McCain advisers were frustrated by Palin.

(CNN) - Republican VP nominee Sarah Palin had prepared to deliver a concession speech before John McCain’s Tuesday night — and brought her remarks with her to his Phoenix concession - but senior McCain campaign adviser Steve Schmidt told her she could not.

Two McCain sources say Palin clearly did not understand the protocol of a concession speech, and expected she would have the chance to deliver one of her own.

Update: Palin camp fires back

McCain advisers were also upset with the Alaska governor for setting up what she thought was a call from French President Nicolas Sarkozy. The call, which turned out to be a prank from Quebec radio hosts, was not cleared with the McCain campaign and some saw the effort to set it up as evidence of her future presidential ambitions.

A Palin ally involved in setting up the call, however, suggests McCain advisers had ample time to object given the call was on her schedule for three days.

Two McCain sources also say Palin did not know Africa was a continent and could not find it on a map. A third source, a Palin ally, says that was a miscommunication.


Filed under: John McCain • Sarah Palin
soundoff (476 Responses)
  1. Allen, Jacksonville, Florida

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I recall John Edwards giving a mini speech on election night in '04. It wasn't a concession speech, but it certainly wasn't a victory speech either. Kerry's concession came the following morning.

    November 6, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  2. Just thinking....

    The GOP is going to have to re-define itself. If they choose the path of Palin, catering to the extreme right wing, they will not survive.
    The reality is – there is another choice. Supposedlly the GOP is supposed to be about "small government." They aren't. If those in the GOP studied the platforms carefully, they would find the Libertarian attends to those historic principles without the religious overtones. In fact, the Libs support the SEPARATION of church and state, as the constitution sets forth. Perhaps it is time for the Libertarians to rise and the GOP to fall.

    Obama's rise is historic – his time is here. There are many lessons for us and we will examine many things because of this election. Perhaps even the re-examining of the GOP.

    November 6, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  3. Sharon - NC

    If she doesn't know what a VP does, how would she know that VP's don't give concession speeches. Her arrogance in setting up a call with President Sarkozy without having her staff check it out first made her look even dumber. If she weren't so arrogant, she would have been suspicious that President Sarkozy wanted to speak with her . . . through a radio station.

    November 6, 2008 05:23 pm at 5:23 pm |
  4. Francis, Hawaii

    Palin has fooled many people so far but now is the end of the road. Hope Alaskans find out who she really is.

    November 6, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  5. Ian

    I heard SNL wanted to offer her a full time position but she wouldn't stick to the script.

    November 6, 2008 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  6. MONIKA

    I am not suprise,the woman can see Russia from her house what do you think?

    November 6, 2008 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  7. REBA

    DOES ANY BODY ON THIS LIST BELIEVE THAT PALIN WILL RETURN THE CLOTHES SHE AND HER FAMILY BOUGHT?
    IF she doesn't, she has lied once again

    November 6, 2008 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  8. Gotta love her

    Sarah, please plan on running in 2012. This country needs you............... to sacrifice the Republican ticket so that a real President can continue the important work that needs done in the White House.

    I can barely believe she's real sometimes.

    November 6, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  9. JAMES LEE

    If Sarah Palin is the future of the Republican Party, they are more than welcome to embrace her and make her their shining star. She exemplifies what Republicans truly are – narrow-minded, intolerant, power-hungry and ruthless (though always impecably dressed at others' expense). Making her their standard bearer just means Democrats will keep the White House and Congress for the long foreseeable future. Palin in 2012!!!!!

    November 6, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  10. Charm

    Byebye Sarah I'll miss you in the headlines!

    Not!

    November 6, 2008 05:27 pm at 5:27 pm |
  11. Deb

    She's a wolf-hunter who got thrown to the wolves. She's power hungry and green around the gills, but does she deserve what her precious party is doing to her?

    Viva Obama!

    November 6, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  12. Margaret/South Carolina

    Smooth Barry, who is the President? Last time I checked it was George W. Bush. Case closed.

    November 6, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  13. Willa

    "Left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing"..... is what sums up the McCain campaign and what a McCain/Palin administration would have looked like.....something akin to Bush's last eight years! Thank Goodness they lost.

    November 6, 2008 05:28 pm at 5:28 pm |
  14. sunoverla

    where's my tax cut?

    November 6, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  15. Taff Gidi

    Granted, Palin does not see america 'like you and I do'. (her words not mine) she pals around with moos hunters and speaks with a 'gotya' and that unique wink of hers. Frankly, she did not have the knowledge or the grasp of national and international issues to run for national office right now.

    That said, I think she was deeply mishandled by whoever was supposed to babysit her and show her the ropes. That took away her confidence and made her feel like a stupid blonde, forgive my french. In the end she wasn't sure of anything. She was even stumbling on things that I am sure she could have handled with her eyes closed. I am not a big fun of hers after all the mud she was slinging at Barack (or should I say the president-elect), but I think she deserves a chance to rehabilitate her image in the eyes of America.

    November 6, 2008 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  16. Steve the Canadian

    Smooth Barry, you must be reading the same news sources that Sarah reads. Most financial analysts agree that the American economy has not yet bottomed out. So the Dow will keep dropping and Obama has nothing to do with it. You should be pointing your finger toward Bush and his misguided economic policies.

    November 6, 2008 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  17. Kathy

    So, let's see how the rhetorically-gifted senator with 135 "present" votes does in the real world. Maybe next time there will be a viable 3rd party candidate. He or she was sorely needed this time.

    November 6, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  18. Leo

    I am about sick of hearing all of the Palin bashing. The election is over. I felt she handled herself pretty well under the stressful circustances. My guess is most of the bashing is coming from the liberal elite, not democratics. You people just spew hatred. Get used to her though, my guess is she will be in the Senate sooner rather than later.

    Rove/Joe the Plumber 2012!

    November 6, 2008 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  19. Tim

    Sarah Palin was simply out of her league. McCain killed his chances when he picked her. He failed to secure his base when he had time and so he picked Palin for a quick fix. What he failed to realize was that he needed a long term solution.

    November 6, 2008 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  20. Pam

    Is anyone betting on whether or not her pregnant daughter and the boyfriend will still get married?

    November 6, 2008 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  21. Joyce in Florida

    I will be glad when we don't have to hear or read anything about Palin again. It's over. She has her own problems in Alaska to deal with. We don't care to hear anything more about her. And if she thinks she has any chance of running in 2012, that has got to be a joke. No way, no how, and no Palin!!!!!!!!!!! I hope she gets impeached.

    November 6, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  22. YakRob

    If all these things are true about Governor Palin, what was the McCain campaign thinking by selecting her for their VP candidate? What does that say about McCain's "Country First" crap? In addition, no matter how much I dislike Sarah Palin politically, this whole song and dance is disgusting and sexist – funny how she was presented to us by the republicans as above contempt – until Wednesday morning. Liars and hypocrites. How anyone can trust that party in the future is beyond me. Good luck holding your Senate seat, Mr. McCain.

    November 6, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  23. Real Change

    Gosh I sure wish this bunch of comidians had been elected to the White House. That would have been just super for America!

    November 6, 2008 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  24. A Woman In California For Obama

    This is why Obama won. Poor judgment on McCain's part. The RNC is getting just what they deserve. The hillybillies are looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast. This is just what they would have done to Americans IF we had given them the chance. Palin is needed at home NOT in the Oval Office.

    November 6, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  25. Matt

    Goes around, comes around. All this time the Republicans were hoping that they could sow divisiveness in the Democratic Party via the stoking the fires of a feud between Obama and Clinton supporters, but it didn't work and she campaigned fairly well for Obama. Yet now we see how eveil turns on itself and the serpent eats it's tail.

    November 6, 2008 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
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